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Adoptive Sealing Ritual in Mormonism

Jonathan A. Stapley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Summer 2011

Journal of Mormon History, Forthcoming

After detailing the early Mormon cosmology which necessitated adoption ritual, this article treats the participants, practice, and meaning of adoption in the Nauvoo Temple. Adoption theology, though still burgeoning, also served as an organizational nexus for the trek west. After reaching Utah, Church leaders’ views of adoption continued to develop though no adoptions were performed until the St. George Temple was dedicated in 1877. The thirty-one-year hiatus in the ritual’s performance did not impede belief in the importance of adoption, though confusion abounded. Once temples were available in Utah, Latter-day Saints performed adoption rituals, but in different ways than in Nauvoo. Furthermore, Church leaders began to question and debate the practice, which ultimately led to Wilford Woodruff’s 1894 revelation, transforming the temple liturgy and leading to contemporary Mormon belief and practice.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 65

Keywords: Mormon, LDS, Latter-Day Saint, Liturgy, Ritual, Temple, Adoption, Sealing

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Date posted: July 14, 2011  

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Stapley, Jonathan A., Adoptive Sealing Ritual in Mormonism (Summer 2011). Journal of Mormon History, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1885588

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